How to not go broke ranching
“How to Not Go Broke Ranching” was the title of a presentation by Walt Davis at the 2017 Texas Grazing Conference. Davis has spent approximately 50 years as a working rancher with interests in west Texas and in southeast Oklahoma.
Rumen genotyping advances could enhance cattle breeding
Future cattle selection decisions could extend to breeding for rumen microbiome characteristics, say researchers who have recently mapped more bovine rumen microbe genomes than ever before.
10 reasons to use cover crops on your farm
Tom J Bechman
Derek Schmitt and Tony Bailey visit lots of operations where farmers grow cover crops every year. Yet they also drive by many fields still in conventional tillage. Especially after a tough winter like this one, both believe many of these fields would benefit from cover crops planted this fall.
Lengthy, Difficult Births Adversely Affect Newborn Calves
Angus Beef Bulletin
Calves born after a prolonged, difficult birth are at a high risk of failing to receive adequate colostrum by natural suckling because of greatly decreased colostrum intake. Calves failing to receive adequate colostrum in a timely manner are more prone to diseases such as scours and respiratory diseases later in life. Calves that are born to a prolonged Stage 2 of parturition very often suffer from severe respiratory acidosis. Stage 2 is defined as the period of labor from first appearance of the water bag until the calf is completely expelled and on the ground.
Feeding for hoof health
Late winter/early spring is usually a time of muddy sloppy conditions, which can spell trouble for hooves. From cracked hooves to foot rot, poor hoof health takes a toll on your livestock, no matter what the species. Wet, sloppy conditions just exacerbate hoof problems, softening them up, making them more susceptible to injury and microbial entry. The best way to combat poor hoof health is to grow a strong, hard hoof in the first place.
Ranchers Love Calving On Grass in Pasture
Jess Hudson of Hudson Ranch in Bashaw, Alberta describes it like this:
“The grass system for me, with good weather, works really well. The cows will spread all out have their calf, mother it, lick it and get it to drink and do it the way nature intended it. When I bunch them all together, that’s when they get problems.”
Feed soil ‘livestock’ to grow and thrive
You don’t have to be involved with cover crops very long to hear about the C:N ratio — carbon-to-nitrogen ratio. These numbers have a direct impact on cash and cover crop residue decomposition rates. They also impact your N use and can help you better manage overall soil health.
Why cattle ranchers and tech start-ups are beefing over the meaning of ‘meat’
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
It may be years before consumers can buy burgers grown in labs or tenderloins cultured in test tubes. But as investors pour funds into the “clean meat” industry, beef producers are petitioning regulators to ensure the new products can’t bear “meat” or “beef” labels.
Import tariffs could pressure cattle markets
If President Trump’s announced intention to levy significant tariffs on steel and aluminum imports next week turns out to be more than saber rattling, U.S. agriculture risks plenty. In the meantime, it would likely be an unwelcome wrinkle in current negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Protect calves with the right nutrition, environment
Calving season is well underway and there already have been challenges. University of Nebraska Extension specialists have identified some key management practices to provide a newborn calf with a healthy start. It’s not a complete list, but it gives producers some options to ensure a thriving calf crop at weaning.